News from around the World- EME News (Apr 25, 2018)
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News from around the World- EME News (Apr 25, 2018)

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EME NEWS (APR 25, 2018)
 
Olympic winners at Drake
DES MOINES (USA): Several Olympic champions are set to be in action among a stellar cast at the Drake Relays, which gets under way with the multi-events today. Following recent huge throws, world indoor champion Tom Walsh takes on Olympic champion Ryan Crouser, Tom Walsh, Ryan Whiting and Darrell Hill in shot put. The 100m hurdles is among the top events, starring world record-holder Kendra Harrison as she faces Jasmin Stowers, Dawn Harper-Nelson, Kori Carter, Kristi Castlin and Dawn Harper-Nelson. The 400m hurdles sees Olympic champion Dalilah Muhammad against Ashley Spencer and Georganne Moline. A top women’s pole vault includes Olympic silver medallist Sandi Morris, Katie Nageotte, Alysha Newman and Anicka Newell, while Sam Kendricks and Shawn Barber go in the men’s event. Another highlight is the men’s 100m involving Andre de Grasse, CJ Ujah and Ameer Webb.  Leo Manzano and Lawi Lalang go in the men’s mile while Jenny Simpson takes on the two miles.  Javier Culson and Annsert Whyte line up in the 400m hurdles. Vashti Cunningham and Levern Spencer face off in the high jump. Traves Smikle is in the discus circle, while 2012 Olympic champion Aries Merritt is against Jarret Eaton and Devon Allen in the 110m hurdles.


 
IAAF DIAMOND LEAGUE NEWS
 
DOHA (QAT): Twice Olympic triple jump champion Christian Taylor, world 100m hurdles record-holder Kendra Harrison and Olympic and world discus champion Sandra Perkovic have been added to the fields for the Doha Diamond League on 4 May. Taylor will face Pedro Pablo Pichardo at the venue where the pair became the first duo in history to over 18m in the same meeting. Nelson Evora, Bin Dong and Alexis Copello will also be on the runway. Harrison will be up against Brianna McNeal (nee Rollins), Christina Manning, Dawn Harper-Nelson and Jasmin Stowers. Perkovic will face Dani Stevens and Denia Caballero.
 
EUGENE (USA): World silver medallist Jenny Simpson is confirmed for the 1500m in the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League on 26 May, informs organisers. Simpson (3:57.22 PB) is one of four athletes in the line-up with a sub-four minute lifetime best along with double world indoor medallist Laura Muir (3:55.22 PB), Ethiopia’s Dawit Seyaum (3:58.09 PB) and Kenya’s Winny Chebet (3:59.16 PB). The line-up also includes European champion Angelika Cichocka from Poland (4:01.61 PB).
 
 
 
OTHER NEWS
 
TURKU (FIN): Olympic triple jump champion Caterine Ibarguen  will return to the Paavo Nurmi Games (IAAF World Challenge) in Turku, Finland on 5 June, informs organisers. Ibarguen will face European champion Patricia Mamona from Portugal. In the hammer, world and European champion Pawel Fajdek from Poland will face teammate Wojciech Nowicki, Olympic champion Dilshod Nazarov from Tajikistan and recently crowned Commonwealth champion Nick Miller.
 
TAMPERE (FIN): Tampere Stadium, host venue for the IAAF World U20 Championships Tampere 2018, is at the heart of the championship medals unveiled today. "The stadium is the beating heart of the medal, the core of the city," said Jenni Lane, the local artist who produced the selected design. 
 
LONDON (GBR): The London and Boston Marathons will in 2019 be held approximately two weeks apart for the first time in 24 years, notes Race Results Weekly. The Boston Marathon next year will, as always, be staged on Patriots 
Day, which falls in this instance on Monday April 15. The Virgin Money London Marathon has is in recent years been held six days later, but this would coincide with Easter next so the date is Sunday April 28, the latest since 1987.
 
MONACO (MON): The IAAF has ratified Armand Duplantis’s two world indoor U20 pole vault records set in Clermont-Ferrand this year. The Swede’s 5.81m and subsequent 5.88m on February 25 will replace the mark by the Greek Emmanouil Karalis 14 days earlier.
 
GLASGOW (GBR): Scottish Athletics Chief Executive Mark Munro “will ask for answers” from the Gold Coast LOC in the wake of Callum Hawkins’ collapse in the marathon at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, informs Athletics Weekly. “Scottish Athletics will ask for answers from Gold Coast 2018 organisers on issues arising from the men’s marathon. With seven of the 24-strong field failing to finish the Commonwealth Games marathon – and six of those believed to have been admitted to hospital while the race was still underway – there are serious concerns. Now Scottish Athletics, in partnership with Commonwealth Games Scotland (CGS), will make an official request for response from the Gold Coast 2018 local organising committee,” read a statement from the governing body.

DESSAU (GER): World champion Johannes Vetter and Olympic champion Thomas Rohler have been announced for the javelin at the Anhalt meeting in Dessau on 8 Juneleichtathletik.de reports. Also in the field Czech world bronze winner Petr Frydrych. World pole vault champion Sam Kendricks and 2012 Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford will also be appearing.
 
PARIS (FRA): French 1500m champion Sofiane Selmouni could face a suspension after three no-shows under the whereabouts system, informs L’Equipe. "I could have chosen, as allowed by the procedure, to remain anonymous…but I chose to fully assume the consequences of my negligence to avoid any ambiguity,” he said on his Facebook page.
 
KARLSRUHE (GER): The Karlsruhe Indoor Meeting has been confirmed to go ahead in 2019 and 2020 following confirmation of financial support from the city council. Rego-news.de says 207,000 euros has been pledged for the meeting and 350,000 euros for an upgrade of the venue.
 
MINSK (BLR): 800m former World and European champion Marina Arzamasava will miss the summer season 2018 due to the pregnancy. “In 2018 I prepare for one of the most important events in my life, for appearance of our second child. Then we’ll prepare for Tokyo 2020 in enlarged company,” Arzamasava posted on her Instagram.
 
KUORTANE (FIN): The traditional Finnish fixture Kuortane Games is planned for June 23 this year. Top event will be as usual javelin throw with German duo Johannes Vetter and Thomas Rohler against Czech Jakub Vadlejch and home star Tero Pitkamaki. In women javelin Australian Kelsey-Lee Roberts will compete. Meet record (and also Finnish record) of Aki Parviainen in men javelin is a top mark of 93.09 from 1999. The meet is also part of Motonet Grand Prix Finnish series. Other meets of the series are Espoo on June 13, Joensuu on July 4, Lapinlahti on July 28 and Lappenranta on August 23.
 
MINSK (BLR): Dinamo Stadium, due to host the Opening and Closing Ceremony of next year's European Games in Minsk, is due to re-open on June 21 after reconstruction, it has been revealed. The Stadium is also due to stage athletics (new format DNA competition) during Minsk 2019, scheduled to take place next year between June 22 and 30. It is expected to have a capacity of 40,000 when it is completed. Informs insidethegames. Opening on June 21 will host an international match in athletics, another top fixture planned here for September 2019 is match Europe vs USA.
 
TUCSON (USA): Shot put World champion Tom Walsh will throw at Tucson Elite Throw Classic meet on May 19. In Arizona he will face also former World Indoor champion Ryan Whiting with Jon Jones and DL winner Darrell Hill.
 
BRATISLAVA (SVK): Change in Slovak team for walking team championships in Taicang. Dominik Cerny who was supposed to compete in men´s 20 km will not travel because of an injury. That would leave Slovakia with 3 competitors, 50 km record holder Maria Katerina Czakova who is going to compete in the 20 km this time, in men´s 20 km Miroslav Uradnik and in girls U20 10 km Klaudia Zarska.
 
MONACO (MON): IAAF World Indoor Tour organisers met with IAAF President Sebastian Coe. He tweeted afterwards: "Good to meet with the organisers of the IAAF World Indoor Tour this morning to review the 2018 circuit and plan an exciting 2019 circuit.  Thanks for all the hard work that made this a great season and goes into making this an extraordinary indoor circuit." The calendar for 2019 is not yet known.
 
INDIANAPOLIS (USA): NYC Parks’ Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in New York City will host the 2019 and 2020 USATF Indoor Championships, USATF announced Wednesday. Opened in 2015, the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex is a 135,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art indoor track and field facility in Ocean Breeze Park Staten Island. The $112-million athletic complex recently served as host to the highly successful 2017 and 2018 USATF Hershey Youth Indoor Championships. Informs USATF.
 
PARIS (FRA): French media are informing that André Giraud, president of the French Federation (FFA), will propose to hurdlers Dimitri Bascou and Aurel Manga to meet and find solutions after their coach Giscard Samba was suspended due to accusations of rape. The prosecutor's office of Créteil opened an investigation for "rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment" against Giscard Samba, after receiving a report from the Regional Directorate of Youth, Sports and Social Cohesion.
 
CUENCA (ECU): The South American U18 Championships will be held in Cuenca, Ecuador on June 9-10 this year.  The site will be Jefferson Perez Stadium. It will be also selection meet for Youth Olympic Games which will be held in Buenos Aires later in the year.
 
BERLIN (GER): European Championships 2018 Berlin will mark  100 days to go and on Sunday will launch ticket sales for qualification day „Q“. Tickets will be free of charge.
 
WALNUT (USA): Twanisha Terry who clocked over the weekend World leading 10.99 and is still a U20 athlete was surprised after her improvement. “My improvement did surprise me,” she admits. “Running sub-11 shocked me in the fact that it was wind-legal. I didn’t doubt my ability to do it. I just didn’t expect to do it again so early. I knew coming into USC and under coach Caryl’s training that I was going to improve,” writes trackandfieldnews.com. Now she has her eyes on the NCAA title in the 100, “of course,” she declares.
 
 
 
RESULTS
 
DES MOINES (USA, Apr 24):  Riley Masters and Emily Lipari bested their respective fields to win the Ninth-Annual Invitational Grand Blue Mile and USATF 1-Mile Road Championship. Both took home 5000 USD for their titles as a total of 30 000 USD in prize money was distributed to Tuesday's top finishers. Masters clocked 4:03.12 ahead of Eric Avila 4:03.90 and Nick Harris 4:04.31.  Lipari was timed with 4:32.87 on the road ahead of Brenda Martinez 4:33.07 and Rachel Schneider 4:33.77.
 
 
 
SAD NEWS
 
KAPITI COAST (NZL): IAAF honorary life member Arthur Eustace has died at the age of 92. Between 1946 and 1951 he won eight New Zealand national titles at sprint hurdles and was for a 1950 Commonwealth relay medallist with the Kiwis, going on to represent Fiji at those Games four years later.
 
NEW DELHI (IND):  Tony Daniel has passed away this morning in India. He was a dedicated International Technical Official and a familiar face to the Asian family in many of Asian events.  His passion for athletics saw many of his contributions serving in various capacities in his Federation as the Assistant Secretary General of the Athletics Federation of India and Chairman of the Technical Committee up to the time of his death.  Informs Asia Athletics Association.
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